Self-Care: The act of engaging in activities to gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health. It is any activity we engage in to nurture and restore our bodies and our minds amid the demands of daily life. The chosen self-care activities will vary from person to person. There are eight critical areas of self care requiring our attention across the life span.
- Physical-exercise, sleep, nutrition
- Psychological-mindfulness, learning new skills, coaching or counseling
- Emotional-setting boundaries, practicing self-compassion, managing stress, increasing empathy
- Social-support- friends and family. Asking for help
- Professional-clear boundaries, negotiating needs, attending professional development opportunities
- Environmental- decluttering home and work, managing technology time, safe and clean living environment
- Spiritual– meditating, journaling, walking in nature.
- Financial-spending and saving wisely, budgeting and living within means
Self-Care Guided Meditation
Meditation techniques can help you achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. We’ve compiled some YouTube playlists to help you explore some meditations.
Introduction: Self-compassion is extending compassion on one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure or general suffering. It is composed of three main ingredients as defined by Kristin Neff: self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness.
Introduction: Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally, to things as they are. -Jon Kabat Zinn
The refreshment of body or mind. A way of spending time in which you rest and feel comfortable. A loosening.
Learn more about mindfulness and self-compassion at these sites:
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IntelliCare for College Students – Evaluating a stress management mobile app program for college students →
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